Bobby Franklin, a Republican state representative from Georgia, said this week that letting gays serve openly in the military was the "same thing" as allowing "unrepentant drug dealer[s]" into its ranks.
In an interview with the Marietta Daily Journal, Franklin also suggested that he believes gays are engaged in "unrepentant criminal behavior."
"The Bible says it's a capital offense," Franklin said during a discussion about homosexuality and the December repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. "You want someone with unrepentant criminal behavior? And it's not just that, neither should adulterers, neither should thieves, neither should a lot of things. The church is full of sinners, but we're told in 1st Corinthians it rattled off the homosexual, the adulterer, the thief, the liar, and such were some of you, but you've been washed, you've been justified and so forth. It's not what you were. You're not punishing a thought. But do you want an unrepentant drug dealer in the military? Same thing."
Equating homosexuality to "criminal behavior" akin to drug dealing is just the latest controversial comment from Franklin, who has repeatedly drawn criticism on similar grounds. Last week, HuffPost's Amanda Terkel reported on a particularly contentious piece of legislation introduced by Rep. Franklin, which sought to replace the term "victim" with "accuser" when dealing with cases of rape, stalking and domestic violence.